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Innovative tool allows continental-scale water, energy, and land system modeling
Clues that suggest people are lying may be deceptive, study shows
Why don't we understand statistics? Fixed mindsets may be to blame
Computational model links family members using genealogical and law-enforcement databases
Muscular men prefer an unequal society
Indigenous fire practice protecting the Gibson Desert's biodiversity


Innovative tool allows continental-scale water, energy, and land system modeling



Posted: 12 Oct 2018 06:29 AM PDT


A new large-scale hydroeconomic model will allow researchers to study water systems across whole continents, looking at sustainability of supply and the impacts of water management on the energy and agricultural sectors.


Clues that suggest people are lying may be deceptive, study shows



Posted: 12 Oct 2018 06:29 AM PDT


The verbal and physical signs of lying are harder to detect than people believe, a study suggests.


Why don't we understand statistics? Fixed mindsets may be to blame



Posted: 12 Oct 2018 05:27 AM PDT


The first study of why people struggle to solve statistical problems reveals a preference for complicated rather than simpler, more intuitive solutions -- which often leads to failure in solving the problem altogether. The researchers suggest this is due to unfavorable methods of teaching statistics in schools and universities, and highlight the serious consequences when applied to professional settings like court cases.


Computational model links family members using genealogical and law-enforcement databases



Posted: 11 Oct 2018 11:31 AM PDT


Researchers are reporting ways in which using genetic ancestry databases to solve crimes could potentially be expanded.


Muscular men prefer an unequal society



Posted: 10 Oct 2018 07:56 AM PDT


For men, physical strength and political attitudes are linked. This is not the case for women. New research shows that ancestral human instincts affect men's political reflections.


Indigenous fire practice protecting the Gibson Desert's biodiversity



Posted: 10 Oct 2018 07:55 AM PDT


Traditional indigenous burning practices are protecting plant biodiversity in Australia's Gibson Desert, according to new research. The study analyzed how environments dominated by flammable spinifex grasses and fire-sensitive desert myrtle shrubs reacted to wildfires, and to the low-intensity burning practices of the Pintupi people.
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